A new viaduct for Norwich?

A new viaduct for Norwich?

I’ve just found out about a radical proposal to solve road traffic congestion on Riverside. This huge viaduct would run from Bracondale over the top of the station and on to Thorpe Road. But don’t panic – it’s never likely to be built. It’s in the City of Norwich Plan for 1945. I’m researching Norwich’s […]

The Colegate story: all is revealed…

The Colegate story: all is revealed…

More than a thousand years of #Norwich’s history is crammed into Colegate, and that’s the story I shared at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party. My self-imposed challenge was to tell the story in just eight locations (all clearly visible today) and to invite you to imagine the people who’ve lived and worked here, making our […]

The Colegate story: one more sneak peek

The Colegate story: one more sneak peek

Here’s another quick look, before we reveal the whole story at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party tomorrow. This grand townhouse was built for wealthy textile merchants around 1730. It wasn’t just a lovely family home, with a big riverside garden – it was the hub of their business: showrooms, workshops and warehouses were clustered around […]

The Colegate story: sneak peek

The Colegate story: sneak peek

Work in progress: here’s a sneak peek at a detail of the Colegate story in Norwich. It’s part of a map showing a tour of Colegate and its historic buildings, which I’ve been developing with specialist visualiser JC3DVIS. Guess where it is… a clue: you can eat very well there nowadays but it used to […]

Work in progress: the Colegate story

Work in progress: the Colegate story

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Cities, Writing

Work in progress: I’m researching the remarkable story of Colegate, in the heart of historic Norwich-over-the-water. Over the centuries its inhabitants have made huge fortunes for our fine city – and occasionally lost them too. It’s been home to Viking raiders, textile merchants and shoe manufacturers. And now it’s reinventing itself for the 21st century. […]

Qatar – the Barzan Gas Project

Qatar – the Barzan Gas Project

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Business, Energy, Energy sector, Writing

I’ve been in Doha, Qatar, writing about the $10.4bn Barzan Gas Project for RasGas. Working with The Point again and other media partners, we’ve been developing a commemorative book – 166+ pages – over a period of around six months. Barzan is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects to date, and the book […]

Work in progress: Italy feature

Work in progress: Italy feature

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Business, Energy, Writing

I’m finalising the latest “country” feature for RasGas magazine. It’s focusing on Italy’s economy and I’ve uncovered a lot of surprises. In the north, in regions like the Veneto, business is booming. Italy is changing fast, so it’s not the poor relation in Europe that you might expect. Far from it, I’m finding… The story will be published in […]

Arcadis – set of 10 brochures

Arcadis – set of 10 brochures

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Built environment, Business, Writing

Working with The Point, I’ve been writing the copy for a series of 10 brochures for Arcadis. They’re one of the world’s largest consultancies in natural and built assets, so it’s been a fantastic project. I’ve interviewed their global sector leads in sectors ranging from bridges to urban transportation, finding out the key concerns. For […]

RCPsych project

RCPsych project

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Writing

It’s really good to see this completed project for RCPsych (The Royal College of Psychiatrists). I’ve been working with BSI experts and the RCPsych team to reduce a large number of standards to two sets – in-patient care and community care. It’s been a complex project involving a lot of conceptual thinking. The streamlined set has removed duplication, […]

Belgium’s unique strategic advantage

Belgium’s unique strategic advantage

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Business

Belgium’s history, location and ambition give it a unique strategic advantage. My latest feature for RasGas magazine explains why this country and its economy are important for Europe. It’s a small country with a big strategic position, at a crossroads in Europe where maritime and overland trade routes meet. It’s the heart of Europe, hosting the European […]